Imagining Events, Ideal Participants for an MLB All-Star Skills Challenge

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Imagining Events, Ideal Participants for an MLB All-Star Skills Challenge
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When the best and brightest stars in Major League Baseball ascend on Target Field in Minnesota next week, the sport will be showcased for current and future fans. While the All-Star Futures Game, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game are a tremendous yearly showcase, it's time for baseball to evolve and add to the yearly events.

Due to the way baseball markets the game, many casual fans likely don't realize the type of athletes currently donning major league uniforms. With the sheer athleticism of soccer, NFL and NBA players on display in every game of their seasons, baseball needs to show the best talents of its current crop of stars.

The following five event ideas could spruce up the All-Star Week festivities and give baseball a fresh look for new, impressionable eyes.

When reading, suspend the notion of reality for a few minutes. No, owners and general managers wouldn't want or allow their players to subject themselves to injury, especially for the running and throwing contests. If they did, however, baseball's midsummer event would be a better and more interesting product for fans.

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